Birds and butterflies of Athens: Oct 8th 2022

Fall is one of the best seasons for wildlife photography. Temperatures are still high enough for butterflies to enjoy flower's nectar, reptiles are active, while there is still birds migrating. An ideal time for wildlife photography.

South White Admiral (Limenitis reducta)
South White Admiral (Limenitis reducta)

Marginated Tortoise (Testudo marginata)
Marginated Tortoise (Testudo marginata)

We decided to take a short walk around Kesariani Aesthetic forest, in Mt Hymettus. The area around the Monastery of Kesariani is a wonderful maze of paths, with various types of vegetation. Especially  Terebinth trees and Fig Trees attract lots of fall migrants, that are looking for food in their foliage. 

Redstart in Mt Hymettus
Female Redstart on a terebinth trees 

Robins are getting very loud in October!

Spotted Flycatcher
There are still a few Spotted Flycathers
around Athens in October

Eurasian Jay
Eurasian Jay is typically a rather cryptic species

We saw lots of Spotted Flycathers and a few female Redstarts, along with residents Blackcaps. The first loud calls of arriving Robins, is the typical sound of winter that is coming.

Brown Argus Aricia agestis
Brown Argus (Aricia agestis):
a small but striking butterfly

Clouded Yellow (Colias crocea)
The colors of Clouded Yellow (Colias crocea) are eyecatching

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), a common butterfly
around Athensall year long

Southern White Admiral (Limenitis reducta)
Southern White Admiral (Limenitis reducta)
found in Southern Europe

Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera)
Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera